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Jul 30 07:56

TRUMP PRESS RELEASE: "BILL CLINTON HELPED GREASE A DEAL THAT ALLOWED FOUNDATION DONORS TO BECOME RICH AND THAT ALLOWED RUSSIA TO CONTROL A LARGE STAKE OF THE WORLD'S URANIUM SUPPLY"

Bill Clinton Received A “Substantial Payout” From Renaissance Capital, A Russian Investment Bank Whose Executives Were At Risk Of Being Hurt By Potential U.S. Sanctions. “Mr. Clinton also received a substantial payout in 2010 from Renaissance Capital, a Russian investment bank whose executives were at risk of being hurt by possible U.S. sanctions tied to a complex and controversial case of alleged corruption in Russia.” (James Grimaldi And Rebecca Ballhaus, “Speaking Fees Meet Politics For Clintons,”The Wall Street Journal,12/30/15)

Members Of Congress Wrote To Secretary Clinton In 2010 Seeking To Deny Visas To People Who Had Been Implicated By A Russian Tax-Refund Fraud Scheme. “Members of Congress wrote to Mrs. Clinton in 2010 seeking to deny visas to people who had been implicated by Russian accountant Sergei Magnitsky, who was jailed and died in prison after he uncovered evidence of a large tax-refund fraud.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This Clinton dynasty is so crooked, it has to collectively screw its socks on in the morning!!

Jul 30 07:51

Bumbling CIA Agents Get Repeatedly BUSTED in Moscow (Video)

In once incident, a CIA officer tried to barrel his way into the US embassy, but got stopped cold by a no-nonsense Moscow cop on guard duty. Later, US state department representatives absurdly labeled this defense of the US embassy as "harassment" by Russia. And that wasn't the only US spy caught in the act.

Russian TV news has produced a special report on the history of CIA misfires and failures going back to the days of the Cold War. Amidst the constant stream of vitriol about "Russian aggression," it's clear that Washington has never stopped treating Russia as an enemy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are all these arrested CIA assets just idiots ... or did Russia get their names from Hillary's private email server?

Jul 30 07:35

Moscow & Tehran ink energy deals, discuss free trade zone

A five-year strategic cooperation plan was agreed on Friday between Moscow and Tehran during the visit by co-chair of the Russia-Iran Joint Economic Commission Mahmoud Vaezi’s to the Russian capital.

The sides signed a contract for the construction of a power station in Iran's Hormozgan province. The power plant’s four generators will have a 1,400 megawatt capacity. Moscow has already approved a €2.2 billion loan for infrastructure projects in the Iran, including the construction of the power station.

Jul 30 07:32

Putin Reshuffles the Deck: Personnel swaps anticipate revamped Russian policy towards Ukraine and the West

Critics turned out to be right: Zubarov had never shown himself worthy of the post of ambassador. The Russian Embassy passively watched as power in Ukraine came into the hands of Russophobes prepared by the West and supported by US and EU state structures and NGO's. I’ve had the opportunity to closely interact with the representatives of Russian organizations in these years, and all of them have noted Ambassador Zurabov’s idleness in contrast to the high activity of Western diplomatic missions and public organizations.

But for the sake of fairness, it should be acknowledged that the problem is not only Zubarov the individual. The practice of appointing officials as ambassadors who fail to do their job dates back to Soviet times. For example, Russia’s ambassador to Belarus is the ex-governor of the Altai region, Surikov. Ukraine should have been made an exception since the country is so important to Russia’s interests.

Jul 30 06:04

Russia to arrest Ukrainian assets all over the world

Ukraine will have to pay off $3bln to Russia, in other case Moscow will sue out freezing of Kiev's foreign assets to secure payment of the debt. Freezing the assets is quite a logic development of situation. 'If Russia takes this issue, the Ukrainian authorities will have to spend a lot of time to react. They would better pay off. Ukraine shouldn't hope that the problem will go away on its own. International monetary financial organizations do not defend Kiev. So, we'll face an Italian strike,' Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian Integration and links with compatriots, said. As the MP stated, all the loans were registered correctly, as a state debt of the country, but not of a judicial person. Nobody will be able to write the debt off. According to lawyers, there can be no obstacles...

Jul 30 05:59

Russia to argue at civil courts suspension of Russian athletes from Games

"We shall apply to civil courts, that would be for protection of honor, dignity and for moral damage. We should do so after the Olympic Games."

Jul 30 05:57

FSB finds cyber-spying virus in computer networks of 20 state authorities

"The Federal Security Service (FSB) revealed virus software for cyber-spying in computer networks of about 20 organizations located in Russia," the service said. The virus attack was aimed at "information resources of the state authorities, scientific and defense companies, enterprises of the defense industry and other objects of the country's critically important infrastructures. Thus, clearly, it was a targeted virus spread, planned and made professionally. Specialists say, the malicious software, judging by the style of programming, names of files, parameters of their use and by methods, is similar to the software, which was used in much-spoken-about earlier revealed cyber-spying, revealed both in territory of the Russian Federation and around the globe. The newest sets of the said software are made individually for every "victim," on the basis of unique features of attacked machines.

Jul 30 05:47

Russian watchdog to consider import ban lifting after visit to Turkey

Russian veterinary and phytosanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor may lift earlier introduced restrictions on vegetables import from Turkey according to findings of the Russian delegation’s visit on August 1-6, the regulator told TASS on Friday. Russia banned import of bell pepper, pomegranates, aubergines, lettuce, Iceberg lettuce, marrows and pumpkins from Turkey because of phytosanitary considerations in spring 2016. "According to results of such work Rosselkhoznadzor will consider the possibility of lifting earlier introduced restrictions on relevant kinds of products with high phytosanitary risk," official spokesperson of the regulator Yuliya Melano told TASS. The delegation of Rosselkhoznadzor will visit Turkey for examination of the phytosanitary control system in the republic, Melano said earlier today.

Jul 30 05:44

Warlord who fought for IS in Syria eliminated in Dagestan

A warlord who fought for the IS in Syria has been eliminated in Russia’s North Caucasian republic of Dagestan, a spokesman for the National Anti-terrorist Committee (NAC) told TASS on Friday. "The man was preliminarily identified as Kamaldin Kazomagomedov, born in 1990, who has been the leader of the so-called Southern paramilitary group since 2015". After a course at the Islamic University Al-Azhar in Egypt Kazimagomedov fought in Syria for the international terrorist organization Islamic State. He returned to Dagestan with fake documents in 2014. "Kazimagomedov is suspected of infringement of the lives of law enforcers and murders of civilians, including fiver hunters in a forest in the Suleiman-Stalsky district on September 20, 2015, and of organizing and committing a terrorist attack at the Dzhemikentsky traffic police station on February 15, 2016".

Jul 29 12:58

Neocon Schizophrenia

A friend recently observed to me that it is ironic that the neoconservatives, whose bottom line foreign policy issue is the uncritical support of Israel, should be obsessed with constantly confronting and goading Russia even though Tel Aviv and Moscow get along just fine. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has traveled to Russia three times in the past year and he and President Vladimir Putin reportedly understand each other very well.

Jul 29 12:35

Destination Rio: Russian Team Head For Olympics 2016 But Many Clean Athletes Stay Home

What’s left of Russia’s Olympic team has begun heading out to Rio…. after bans for state sponsored cheating have left the squad decimated.

Jul 29 12:02

Blame It On The Russians

If there is any shock at the level of corruption within the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as revealed in recently released emails attributed to Wikileaks and the DNC’s automatic response to blame Russia, the fact that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and her staff effectively sabotaged the Bernie Sanders campaign may seem secondary compared with how the Obama Administration has been constructing a false narrative to justify NATO preparations for war with Russia.

Jul 29 09:33

China says to hold drills with Russia in South China Sea

China and Russia will hold "routine" naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country.

The exercises come at a time of heightened tension in the contested waters after an arbitration court in The Hague ruled this month that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea and criticized its environmental destruction there.

China rejected the ruling and refused to participate in the case.

"This is a routine exercise between the two armed forces, aimed at strengthening the developing China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership," China's defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a regular monthly news conference.

"The exercise is not directed against third parties."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get dicey and quickly. As reported at yahoonews.com on 23 July of this year:

The United States, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China and its military buildup. Warships from the three countries are to begin the joint exercises on Friday, after an official opening ceremony at the Sasebo Naval Base in southern Japan on Thursday. Known as the Malabar Exercise, the annual event usually involves India and the US, but Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force (MSDF) will take part this year, the third time since 2007. The exercises off Japan's southern coast come on the back of rising regional tensions as Delhi and Tokyo remain embroiled in territorial spats with Beijing. China is also at loggerheads with some Southeast Asian nations over its claim to large swathes of the South China Sea. Washington has been increasingly turning its focus to Asia as it looks to counter Beijing's growing influence and a military buildup that has unnerved some of its regional neighbours. "India, Japan and the United States have a shared strategic interest," said international relations expert Takehiko Yamamoto, professor emeritus at Tokyo's Waseda University. "The aim of this naval exercise is for (the three countries) to manage a vast sea area stretching from the western Pacific to the Indian Ocean. "They need to make sure the lines of communication stay robust -- this exercise has China in mind," he added. India is nervous about the so-called "string of pearls", the concept of a network of ports around the Indian Ocean to which China's navy would have access, Yamamoto said. "For India, this is a great threat," he said.

All it is going to take is one stupid miscommunication, or misinterpretation, on the part of the Indian, Japanese, US, Russian, and Chinese military, (or a deliberate false flag, to be blamed on China and/or Russia), and we will be off and running in a shooting war potentially with both countries.

Jul 29 09:07

Putin is watching happily from the sidelines as NATO tears itself apart

Russian President Vladimir Putin seemingly cannot believe his luck as he watches NATO cause near irreparable harm to itself from the sidelines.

NATO has been a major force in reigning in Putin's revanchist vision for Russia, with the alliance holding a series of military exercises and basing troops in vulnerable nations throughout Eastern Europe and the Baltics as a check on Russian aggression following the annexation of Crimea.

Now, however, that sense of unity across Europe and North America against Russian aggression is flailing, as NATO does drastic amounts of self-harm.

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and I'll enjoy it again in November too , if you fix that vote , my dear .
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Jul 29 09:05

Trump and Those Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Russians

So now, instead of the public examining how powerful American interest prevail on their democratic choice, the narrative becomes one of accusing Vladimir Putin of subverting the US presidential elections.

The slander against Russia is only afforded a semblance of credibility because it is piled on a heap of previous slander, in which Moscow is accused of annexing and invading Ukrainian territory, posing a threat to Eastern Europe, assassinating political opponents, shooting down civilian airliners and sponsoring illicit drugs in Olympic sports.

One again, rumor, insinuation and vilification triumph over facts in the Western media’s so-called news services.

Jul 29 08:21

Russians Are Spying On Britain… With UK Help

Russian planes are conducting reconnaissance overflights of the UK with the full endorsement of the British government as part of a reciprocal treaty.

Jul 29 08:11

Russia clamps down on GM animal feed, banning imports from around the globe

Russian authorities have announced a limit on GMO animal feed imports as the country continues taking steps towards becoming GMO-free.

The Russian food safety regulatory agency Rosselkhoznadzor made the announcement on July 21 that animal feed that is either fully GMO or that contains a high percentage of GMOs would no longer be permitted to be imported into the country.

Jul 29 07:24

Russian Deal With Turkey Could Spell Game Over for US and Rebels in Syria

Commenting on the results of the recent meeting on Syria in Geneva between Russia, the UN and the US and on the prospects of a possible ending of the Syrian war, Russian political expert Vyacheslav Matuzov suggests that much will now depend on the talks between Russia and Turkey: if they agree, the rebels and their US masters will lose the war.

Jul 29 07:23

Russia will seek Ukraine foreign assets freeze if $3bn debt not repaid

Moscow may file a case seeking to freeze Ukrainian assets abroad if Kiev continues to refuse to pay back the $3 billion debt to Russia, says a source close the presidential administration cited by Izvestia daily.

Jul 29 07:22

CLINTON CAMPAIGN: RUSSIA RIGGING US ELECTION BY EXPOSING HOW WE RIGGED ELECTION

Russia is manipulating the 2016 U.S. presidential election by leaking hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) servers — emails that show the DNC rigged and manipulated the Democratic primary in favor of Hillary Clinton.

Call it an exercise in hypocrisy, or call it a deflection to detract from the fact that America’s political process is corrupt beyond belief. Either way, this is the narrative prevailing in the media as the Democratic Party, led by Clinton surrogates, attempts to downplay its own internal corruption by pinning the blame on Russia in what can be described as a “neo-Red Scare.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the flip?!?

This charge against Russia makes absolutely zero sense whatsoever.

And the DNC's attempt to use this "excuse" as the reason why the emails got hacked shows that they have utterly zero respect whatsoever for Americans' having the capability to think logically.

But it does demonstrate, painfully clearly, that neither the DNC nor Candidate Clinton can take personal responsibility for anything; that is one the factors that makes a Clinton presidency so horrifically dangerous, both for this country, and the world.

The plain, miserable and unvarnished truth is that Clinton is, at the end of the day, one of the elites; these are the people whose interests she will defend and enrich; not those of We the People.

Under her watch, we can expect more wars; a return to the draft of both our young men and young women; more income inequality; more American jobs outsourced and offshored; more enhanced military and financial aid to Israel (which is, BTW, illegal, per the Symington Amendment) with which to crush and ultimately destroy the Palestinian people and their hopes of statehood; and more economic misery in general.

Jul 29 07:22

Russia Sends more Advanced Spy Planes to Syria

The Russian manufactured “Tupolev Tu-214R” has reportedly flown to the Hmeimim airbase outside the Syrian coastal city of Jableh in Southern Lattakia.

The Tu-214R will likely be used to track terrorist movements around the country, which is similar to what was originally used for before the ceasefire agreement.

Jul 29 07:03

Russia Creating Cutting-Edge Universal Nuclear Battleship

Russia’s Severnoye Design Bureau has started working on the Project 23560 Leader-class destroyer that will combine the features of a destroyer, large antisubmarine warship and guided missile cruiser.

Jul 29 07:03

Russian Next-Generation 'Doomsday Plane' Finally Ready for Action

On July 27 Voronezh Aircraft Factory finally presented Russia’s Ministry of Defense the new specialized airborne command system also known as the 'doomsday plane'.

Jul 29 07:02

Russia may supply components for Iranian satellites

Components for Iranian satellites may be produced by Russia’s Roscosmos space corporation, said Russian Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov after meeting with Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Vaezi in Moscow.

Jul 29 07:01

TURKEY'S SHIFT TOWARDS RUSSIA & THE GRAND CHESSBOARD

As with so many CIA-backed leaders, tyrants and despots, once your usefulness to Washington and Langley expires or your policies go off script, a coup or regime change magically emerges. With Turkey's Erdogan, we have seen these familiar patterns as NATO and its globalist backers are more and more revealed to be aggressors against Eurasian interests. Indeed, it was Brzezinski himself who wrote in his Grand Chessboard that control of Eurasia is key to control of the globe:

Jul 29 06:58

Network Close To NATO Military Leader Fueled Ukraine Conflict

Working with dubious sourcing, a group close to NATO's chief military commander Philip Breedlove sought to secure weapons deliveries for Ukraine, a trove of newly released emails revealed. The efforts served to intensify the conflict between the West and Russia.

Jul 28 17:47

FOOLING MOST OF THE PEOPLE MOST OF THE TIME IS WHAT AMERICAN POLITICS ARE ABOUT, EVEN WHEN IT COMES TO THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR WAR

Nuclear war, just as with any other kind of war, can happen almost by accident through blunders and careless acts and overly-aggressive postures. Just let the blood of two sides get up enough, and an utter disaster could quickly overtake us. Constantly decreasing the possibilities for accidents and misunderstandings is a prime responsibility of every major world leader

Jul 28 15:43

Preparing for something? Beijing and Moscow gear up for war drills in South China Sea

BEIJING and Moscow are joining forces this year for massive naval drills in the South China Sea.

Jul 28 15:31

Trump Says “Putin Doing Better Job” Than Obama As Lead Over Hillary Grows

Having stolen the narrative away from the Democrats this week, Trump is not done yet, doubling down today on his Putin pandemonium… GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump says Russian leader Vladimir Putin is “doing a better job” than President Obama. -- “I said he’s a better leader than Obama because Obama’s not a leader,” Trump said in an interview aired Thursday on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.” “He’s certainly doing a better job than Obama is, that’s all.”

Jul 28 15:30

Russia To US: "Sort Out Your Own Hacking Scandal; It Is Not Our Headache"

"As regards these (email) batches, that is not our headache. We never poke our noses into others' affairs and we really don't like it when people try to poke their nose into ours," he said. "The Americans needs to get to the bottom of what these emails are themselves and find out what it's all about."

Jul 28 15:02

Dear Russia: Can You Find Hillary’s 30,000 Missing E-Mails? (Trump taunts humorless Hill)

‘Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,’ Trump said. ‘I think you’ll be rewarded mightily by our press!’

Jul 28 13:59

Ban Of Russian Olympic Team: Cold War At Its “Best”!

New Cold War is now in full swing and the West is using both old and new tactics, in order to demonize and discredit all of its opponents: from Russia to China, Venezuela, North Korea, South Africa and Iran.

Jul 28 13:30

BEX ALERT - How Donald Trump Made the U.S. a Target For Russia’s New Brand Of Warfare

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Recall just WHO created STUXNET!

Jul 28 12:13

DM: More Forces Deployed in Crimea, Northern Caucasus as NATO Approaches

Speaking today on state television, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shogu announced additional military deployments along the nation’s southwestern flank with NATO, including the deployment of more air defense systems and ground troops into the Northern Caucasus, and additional troops into the Crimea.

Technically, Russia’s territory in the Northern Caucasus doesn’t border NATO, but is relatively close to Turkey, and has a substantial border with Georgia, which has NATO ambitions. Both Russia and NATO have been escalating deployments on their frontier in Europe, particularly in the Baltics, and this looks to be an extension of that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am amazed at the general degree of restraint Russia is demonstrating, as it is getting completely surrounded by NATO troops and NATO weapons.

Ever have that archetypal dream of seeing a slo-mo train wreck about to occur, and you have no way of stopping it?!?

I have been having that dream frequently, looking at the buildup of NATO arms and personnel in places like Poland and Lithuania.

Jul 28 11:48

Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Turbocharged by Istanbul Coup Attempt

The recent failed military coup in Istanbul is pushing the Turkish government to prioritize a rapprochement with Russia, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an is due to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on August 9.

The meeting comes at an opportune time for Putin. Turkey is a key geopolitical player in the Black Sea region. But its Western orientation is now coming under stress. Ankara’s ties with nearly all of its western allies are now strained amid suspicions of complicity in the unsuccessful July 15 putsch and growing criticism by both the United States and European Union over Erdo?an’s escalating crackdown in the coup-attempt aftermath.

Ever the opportunist, Putin seems content to set aside Turkish-Russian rancor. Relations between Ankara and Moscow were plunged into the deep freeze following Turkey’s downing of a Russian bomber operating from a Syrian airbase in November.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And no one who planned or attempted to execute this coup saw this coming, should the coup fail?!?

Palm to forehead at warp speed on this one!!

Jul 28 10:47

FLASHBACK - Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal

The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.

But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Democrats and corporate media are trying to use Trump's jokes about Russia and the missing 30,000 emails from Hillary's private server to claim is a "traitor" linked to Putin. But, as this New York Times article shows, there is a far stronger link of corruption leading from Russia to Hillary Clinton!

Jul 28 01:26

Trump's Loophole Regarding Russia's Assistance Hacking Criminal Email

Treaty between the Government of the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, signed at Moscow on June 17, 1999, and a related exchange of notes.
Date Received from President

Jul 27 18:36

Is Europe Doomed By Vassalage To Washington? — Paul Craig Roberts

World War II resulted in Europe being conquered, not by Berlin but by Washington.

The conquest was certain but not all at once. Washington’s conquest of Europe resulted from the Marshall Plan, from fears of Stalin’s Red Army that caused Europe to rely on Washington’s protection and to subordinate Europe’s militaries to Washington in NATO, from the replacement of the British pound as world reserve currency with the US dollar, and from the long process of the subordination of the sovereignty of individual European countries to the European Union, a CIA initiative implemented by Washington in order to control all of Europe by controlling only one unaccountable government.

With few exceptions, principally the UK, membership in the EU also meant loss of financial independence. As only the European Central Bank, an EU institution, can create euros, those countries so foolish as to accept the euro as their currency no longer have the power to create their own money in order to finance budget deficits.

Jul 27 16:26

Email Dump: Hillary Clinton Aide Jumps On Blame Russian Bandwagon

The US Democratic Party convention is kicking off in Philadelphia on Monday, to formally choose a presidential candidate.

Jul 27 16:00

A Return to the Madness of: M.A.D.

By Brett Redmayne-Titley

One generation later, madmen have returned. They bring with them the madness of … M.A.D.

Again, absolutely all politics are reduced to White or Black. There is no gray. All peoples of our world again exist within a fateful clash between only two distinct ideologies, best summed-up as; Good vs. Evil. Right vs. Wrong. Life or… death?

A mere generation ago the colors of worldwide military polarization were then thrust upon the innocent by mad politicians with similar delusions of empire who, then, portrayed their geo-political expansionism in the easily understood colors of Red vs. Blue: East vs. West. The Cold War. The once Soviet empire vs. the ever-since burgeoning US contra-empire. The multitude of issues separating the two supposedly separate doctrines of Red or Blue ultimately distilled into one single, horrific doctrine of military nuclear madness that all on earth finally, by the necessity of self-preservation, truly understood...

Jul 27 14:49

TO PARAPHRASE CHURCHILL, TURKEY RIGHT NOW IS A RIDDLE WRAPPED IN A MYSTERY INSIDE AN ENIGMA

Events in Turkey just become stranger with each passing day.

We now have Middle Eastern and Persian sources, cited by Russian and German papers, that Russia’s security agencies overheard helicopter radio transmissions by the coup participants, and President Putin warned Erdogan about what was happening, likely saving his skin.

Jul 27 13:58

Video: ‘… A Four-Letter Word’: Russian FM Lavrov On DNC Hack Claims

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has blasted a reporter over her question on allegations that Russia was behind the DNC email leaks.

Jul 27 13:06

Turkey Warms To Russia; Pipeline, Sanctions To Be Discussed, Qatar Blames KSA, UAE For Coup

By Brandon Turbeville

It’s been over a week since the Turkish coup has taken place and still no one definitively knows what happened, who was behind it, and who was originally meant to benefit. It is rather obvious now that, since the coup did not succeed, Erdogan will find himself in a much safer position domestically than before it took place by virtue of the massive governmental and military purge that has taken place in its aftermath. Internationally, however, is another question...

Jul 27 12:42

Keep It Coming: China Looks to Russia to Supply its Gold Rush

Though it is the world's biggest producer, China cannot keep up with its demand for gold, and Russian representatives at this week's China Gold Congress & Expo in Beijing are keen to strike deals to supply the Chinese market.

Jul 27 12:37

Russia beefs up military on southwestern flank as NATO approaches

Russia has strengthened its southwestern flank as NATO builds up its military presence and Ukraine remains unstable, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday in remarks the United States called contrary to efforts to lower tensions.

Moscow has deployed more air defense systems in the southwest and has also deployed a "self-sufficient" contingent of troops in Crimea, Shoigu told a meeting at the Defence Ministry broadcast on state television.

"Since 2013 ... we have formed four divisions, nine brigades and 22 regiments," he said. "They include two missile brigades armed with Iskander missile complexes, which has allowed to boost fire power to destroy the potential adversary."

Shoigu said "terrorist" groups were also active in the North Caucasus.

Jul 27 12:29

Syrian Air Force to Get Russian Su-24M2 Frontline Bombers

The Syrian Air Force has received a batch of Su-24M2 (NATO reporting name: Fencer-D) frontline bombers supplied by Russia, according to the AMN news agency.

Jul 27 11:56

MH17 Two Years On: What Really Happened and Why?

More than any other incident, this one was flushed out first through public relations channels, and then second through official government bodies. From the onset the West took its position by claiming it had “proof” that ‘Russian-backed rebels’ were responsible for shooting down the passenger airliner. Immediately after the incident took place, the western government-media complex insisted that the murder weapon was a Russian-made BUK Surface to Air Missile system.

Western mainstream media outlets wasted no time in disseminating this government-issued conspiracy theory, backed-up by a number of other clams of “evidence” coming out of the Washington-backed regime in Kiev. At the time, US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed to have a “mountain of evidence” convicting ‘pro-Russian separatists’ and Moscow. Unfortunately, Kerry’s mountain was no more than a mole hill. Nearly all of those claims have since been debunked and exposed as fraudulent – but from a public opinion perspective, the damage was already done.

Jul 27 10:37

If Russian Intelligence Did Hack the DNC, the NSA Would Know, Snowden Says

Glenn Greenwald told WNYC on Monday, while there may never be conclusive evidence that the Democratic National Committee was hacked by Russian intelligence operatives to extract the trove of embarrassing emails published by WikiLeaks, it would hardly be shocking if that was what happened.

“Governments do spy on each other and do try to influence events in other countries,” Glenn noted. “Certainly the U.S. government has a very long and successful history of doing exactly that.”

Even so, he added, given the ease with which we were misled into war in Iraq by false claims about weapons of mass destruction — and the long history of Russophobia in American politics — it is vital to cast a skeptical eye over whatever evidence is presented to support the claim, made by Hillary Clinton’s aide Robby Mook, that this is all part of a Russian plot to sabotage the Democrats and help Donald Trump win the election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin has absolutely no love of Clinton, due to her warmongering and lying; however, I seriously doubt that he would ever sign off on something so ham-fisted that it could be pointed back at Russian cyber-warfare.

Jul 27 10:23

Ukraine’s finance minister says sees no reason to repay $3 bln debt to Russia

Ukraine sees no reason to repay its three billion U.S. dollar debt to Russia, Ukrainian Finance Minister Alexander Danilyuk said on Tuesday.

"I don’t see why Ukraine should repay this money," he said in an interview with the Espresso television channel.
"It was a political loan we were forced to take," he said, adding that another reason not to repay the debt is the developments around Crimea and Donbass.

In his words, Kiev will use these arguments in its litigation with Russia at London’s High Court.

The current Ukrainian authorities maintain that the loan was a kind of Moscow’s reward to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich for his refusal to sign the association agreement with the European Union. Back in February, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said his country’s position at the High Court in London will be that Ukraine’s debt to Russia was "a bribe both in terms of form and in terms of essence."

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this lawsuit is successful, Ukraine has to find a way of paying the money back.

If they do not, credit to the country will get frozen.

If unsuccessful, Russia will find asymmetric economic ways of exacting pain from Ukraine that its leadership cannot yet even fathom, perhaps even enough to foment a counter-revolution which puts Ukraine back in Russia's geopolitical orbit.

Jul 27 10:16

New Details Emerge on SBU Secret Detention Center in Ukraine - Int'l Watchdog

An international human rights watchdog on Tuesday unveiled new evidence that Security Service of Ukraine's (SBU) is running a secret detention center in the eastern city of Kharkiv.

On Thursday, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report dubbed "They Do Exist," documenting the existence of secret detention facilities located within the territory of Ukraine. According to the report, civilians from the regions affected by the Ukrainian conflict have been detained in such facilities, including the one located in Kharkiv.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How wonderful; apparently, the US government has assisted Ukraine in establishing its very own Abu Ghraib!!

Don't you just love what your tax dollars are buying in Ukraine?!?

Jul 27 09:45

Spy Agency Consensus Grows That Russia Hacked D.N.C.

American intelligence agencies have told the White House they now have “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee, according to federal officials who have been briefed on the evidence.

But intelligence officials have cautioned that they are uncertain whether the electronic break-in at the committee’s computer systems was intended as fairly routine cyberespionage — of the kind the United States also conducts around the world — or as part of an effort to manipulate the 2016 presidential election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, American spy agencies have "“high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee" with utterly no proof?!?

Forgive me, but I am having a palm to forehead moment at warp speed, upon reading this.

I am sorry, but cold hard reality indicates to me that one cannot have "high confidence" with absolutely zero proof, and that is where our "alphabet soup" spy agencies are with this allegation.

They have nothing, nada, ZIP on the facts of this case, and have demonstrated to the American people once again that nothing these people say can be trusted at all, ever.

It appears that this is the most convenient lie they could come up with, because the potential truth about how these documents became leaked is far more damning than claiming the "the Russians did it."

And now, as reported yesterday at the New York Times:

The assessment by the intelligence community of Russian involvement in the D.N.C. hacking, which largely echoes the findings of private cybersecurity firms that have examined the electronic fingerprints left by the intruders, leaves President Obama and his national security aides with a difficult diplomatic and political decision: whether to publicly accuse the government of President Vladimir V. Putin of engineering the hacking. Such a public accusation could result in a further deterioration of the already icy relationship between Washington and Moscow, at a moment when the administration is trying to reach an accord with Mr. Putin on a cease-fire in Syria and on other issues. It could also doom any effort to reach some kind of agreement about acceptable behavior in cyberspace, of the kind the United States has been discussing with China.

So President Obama, I have a logical question for you; what if your administration publicly accuses Russia of having done this, and it comes out that the leaks found themselves at wikileaks through an absolutely alternative way?!?

What will this do to any shred of credibility your administration has left?!? And what about any shred of credibility Clinton's campaign may have left?!?

Sir, I would strongly suggest that you and your advisors think long and hard about this possibility.

You have utterly no evidence of this accusation, nor have you evidence that "Guccifer 2" ever worked for Russia's G.R.U.

Without proof, this is simply a fabricated lie to make the possibility of Russia having done this an easier "sell" to the American people; however, your problem, sir, is that the American people are not "buying",particularly not after they were lied into an horrific war against Iraq, on the charge that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

Jul 27 09:17

CONFIRMED: AMIDST SHARPENING CRISIS, POROSHENKO AND CO. HAVE LEFT UKRAINE

Everything is getting hotter in Ukraine. Alexander Turchynov is speaking of martial law. Pavel Sheremet was murdered in Kiev. The situation in Donbass has escalated. Meanwhile, Minister of Internal Affairs head Avakov has left on vacation. So has Kiev Mayor Klitchko. And not only them.

As sources in the Ukrainian Ministry of Transport have relayed to PolitNavigator, on July 22nd in the late evening, a private Golfstream 200 plane (tail number Te-PRM) with President Poroshenko on board departed Kiev International Airport for Malaga, Spain. As Ukrainian media have repeatedly written, Poroshenko has a villa near Malaga.

The president’s departure and his absence in the capital have not been publicized. The President, however, is even issuing instructions from his Spanish estate. On Monday, for example, he instructed the Prime Minister and Mayor of Kiev to strengthen security measures for public safety.

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One has to wonder; is a real, people-driven revolution about to foment in Ukraine to the point where the current government believes it has no choice other than to cut and run?!?

The actions of these leaders seem to suggest that might be in the offing, and sooner rather than later!!

Jul 27 07:06

Did the Russians really hack the DNC or is this another Sony Pictures moment? You decide

Establishing proof of a hacker's identity is notoriously difficult – indeed impossible in some cases. People can connect through systems all over the world and use tools and tricks to hide their origins and motivations. Using a Russian VPN service shouldn't necessarily mean an operation was carried out in or for Russia.

There are worrying similarities between this case and the supposed hacking of Sony by the North Koreans. Many in the security industry feel that there's little proof that Best Korea staged that hack, other than the US government saying so and, as we've seen in the case of missing weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, those sorts of claims are not bulletproof evidence.

Meanwhile, Guccifer 2.0 claims he is a lone hacker with no Russian government ties; ThreatConnect thinks that's a classic denial and deception tactic to throw people off the scent.

Jul 26 10:57

In Signal to Military, Hillary Clinton Picks Senator Tim Kaine as Running Mate

In selecting Kaine, Clinton is making clear that she plans on running a right-wing, pro-war campaign targeted at winning over the military and sections of the Republican Party dissatisfied with Trump, and particularly with the Republican candidate’s attitude toward Russia. Clinton also wanted to repudiate any association with the issues of social inequality that motivated the widespread support for her main rival in the primaries, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Kaine is among the most hawkish figures among Senate Democrats. As governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010, Kaine oversaw billions of dollars in cuts to the state budget. The state of Virginia is a major center for the military and defense industry, and is home to the Pentagon and the headquarters of the CIA.

Between 2009 and 2011, Kaine served as the head of the Democratic National Committee, the leadership body of the Democratic Party. He is close to Wall Street, having recently backed measures to deregulate banks.

Jul 26 09:13

Democrats Accuse Russia Of Hacking DNC Server To Help Donald Trump

In the aftermath of the fallout from the DNC server hack, the Democrats have been scrambling how to redirect public anger (especially among Bernie Sanders supporters) from the revelations that not only did the Democratic party try everything in its power to sabotage Bernie Sanders presidential bid, but also colluded with various "impartial" media outlets as well as breach fundraising rules in the process.

And, as of this morning, it appears that the solution they have decided upon is not to explain or even justify the scandalous actions, but to simply blame Russia for the hack.

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Jul 26 09:10

US, Russia Still At Odds Over Syria, Carter Says

United States Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says his country’s stance on Syria is still far from that of Russia.

Carter made the remarks on Monday amid ongoing discussions led by US Secretary of State John Kerry over a military agreement between Washington and Moscow.

Jul 26 08:28

Russia Foreign Minister Responds To Allegation It Is Behind DNC Hack: "I Don't Want To Use Four-Letter Words"

Secretary of State John Kerry says he raised the email hack of the Democratic National Committee with Russia's top diplomat but stopped short of making any allegation about who might be responsible.

According to CBS, Kerry told reporters Tuesday he brought the matter up with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a meeting in Laos and explained that the FBI was investigating. He did not, however, repeat allegations or echo suspicions that Russia was responsible for the hack and said he would not draw conclusions until the probe is complete. "I raised the question and we will continue to work to see precisely what those facts are," Kerry said. He would not say if Lavrov responded

Earlier, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded to accusations that Russia was allegedly behind the DNC server hack, when he blasted a reporter over her question that Russia was behind the DNC email leaks. Lavrov had a concise reply, stating: "I don't want to use four-letter words."

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And a reminder that when Sony Pictures was hacked, FBI Director James Comey claimed to know that the hack originated in North Korea. It later turned out it was an internal leak.

Remember this pile of bovine excrement when Comey tries to claim the leaked DNC emails are an eeeeeeeevil Russian plot!!!!

Jul 26 08:21

Russia Foreign Minister Responds To Allegation It Is Behind DNC Hack: "I Don't Want To Use Four-Letter Words"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded to accusations that Russia was allegedly behind the DNC server hack, when he blasted a reporter over her question that Russia was behind the DNC email leaks. Lavrov had a concise reply, stating: "I don't want to use four-letter words." This appears to be a denial of the accusations.

Jul 26 06:50

Lavrov calls plans for regime change in Syria 'villainy'

The calls for Syria’s regime change come from narrow-minded people, unless they are villains, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday in an interview for the website of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS).

The Islamic State (terrorist organization banned in Russia) does not limit itself to repressions against the Christians," Lavrov said. "With equal frenzy they cut off Shiites’ heads, desecrate and destroy both Christian and Shia shrines."

"Moreover, the IS members also apply special criteria to the Sunnis," he said. "Not every Sunni is acceptable for IS with its ideology."

Jul 26 06:22

Kremlin calls US official’s words on Russian possible attack on Poland "madman analytics"

US military experts’ recommendations to Warsaw on what to do if Russia attacks Poland are "analytics of madmen," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

Answering a question on how the Kremlin assesses US military experts’ recommendations to Poland, Peskov said: "As pseudo-analytics of madmen."

US military experts earlier said that Russia can seize the territory of Poland overnight.

Jul 26 06:18

Think Tank Urges EU to Tackle Russian NGOs

The Brussels-based Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies called on the European Union to take a number of measures to fight against organizations officially or unofficially funded by the Russian government and spreading the country's influence over the 28-nation bloc.

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Are they going to blame Putin for the BREXIT? :)

Jul 26 06:14

Confirmed: Amidst sharpening crisis, Poroshenko and co. have left Ukraine

Everything is getting hotter in Ukraine. Alexander Turchynov is speaking of martial law. Pavel Sheremet was murdered in Kiev. The situation in Donbass has escalated. Meanwhile, Minister of Internal Affairs head Avakov has left on vacation. So has Kiev Mayor Klitchko. And not only them.

As sources in the Ukrainian Ministry of Transport have relayed to PolitNavigator, on July 22nd in the late evening, a private Golfstream 200 plane (tail number T7-PRM) with President Poroshenko on board departed Kiev International Airport for Malaga, Spain. As Ukrainian media have repeatedly written, Poroshenko has a villa near Malaga.

Jul 25 15:47

Clinton Camp Head Alleges Russian Hack & Release Of DNC Emails To Aid Trump, Cites ‘Press & Experts'

After Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager alleged that Russians “stole and released” the DNC emails to help elect her opponent, Donald Trump’s son said that if a Republican told “lie after lie” like the Democrats, “they would bring out the electric chair.”

Jul 25 11:44

Washington Bans Moscow From Joining US-Led Coalition Against Daesh in Syria

Brett McGurk, a Special Envoy for the US-led coalition against Daesh radical group, also known as the Islamic state or IS, has claimed that Washington does not trust Moscow and will not allow it to join the 45-country military alliance.

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"Because Russia keeps insisting on bombing ISIS, when we really want to .... omb-bay assad-ay!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 25 09:16

Paul Craig Roberts Warns "Armageddon Approaches" After German Leak

The Western public doesn’t know it, but Washington and its European vassals are convincing Russia that they are preparing to attack. Eric Zuesse reports on a German newspaper leak of a Bundeswehr decision to declare Russia to be an enemy nation of Germany.

According to a report issued on June 6th in German Economic News (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, or DWN), the German government is preparing to go to war against Russia, and has in draft-form a Bundeswehr report declaring Russia to be an enemy nation. DWN says: “The Russian secret services have apparently thoroughly studied the paper.

In advance of the paper’s publication, a harsh note of protest has been sent to Berlin: The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma, Alexei Puschkow, has posted the Twitter message: ‘The decision of the German government declaring Russia to be an enemy shows Merkel’s subservience to the Obama administration.’”

Jul 25 08:52

WHETHER OR NOT RUSSIANS HACKED DNC MEANS NOTHING CONCERNING HOW NEWSWORTHY THE DETAILS ARE

As you almost certainly know by now, on Friday Wikileaks released a bunch of hacked DNC emails just before the Democratic Presidential convention kicked off. While Wikileaks hasn't quite said where it got the emails, speculation among many quickly pointed to Russian state sponsored hackers. That's because of the revelation last month of two sets of hackers breaching the DNC's computer system and swiping (at the very least) opposition research on Donald Trump. Various cybersecurity research firms, stating with CrowdStrike, who was hired by the DNC to investigate, pointed the fingerat the Russians.

Jul 25 04:23

Putin's Warning: Full Speech 2016

Initially, I published only a small portion of this segment as I felt the key message must be made obvious. However, I have been pleasantly surprised with many people around the world reaching out to translate this into other languages, as well as wanting to see the full address. This candid conversation took place with representatives of various media outlets during the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, in June 2016. Putin urged journalists to report genuinely on the impending danger that is a nuclear arms race...

Jul 25 04:21

Massive: Russians bomb US base in Syria

Various news outlets have confirmed reports that last month, Russian air-forces destroyed a US and UK military base in Syria. Within moments of the first bombing run, US liaison offices contacted their Russian counterparts, warning them that in fact they had hit a US run installation. Russian air-forces responded by flying a second sortie and hitting the same facility again... When Russian aircraft bombed a remote garrison in southeastern Syria last month, alarm bells sounded at the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defense in London. The Russians weren’t bombarding a run-of-the-mill rebel outpost, according to U.S. officials. Their target was a secret base of operations for elite American and British forces. In fact, a contingent of about 20 British special forces had pulled out of the garrison 24 hours earlier. British officials declined to comment. U.S.

Jul 25 04:18

Putin: "I am not your friend, I am the President of Russia" [Video]

When German journalists asked the very simplistic question on whether Putin considered himself a friend or a foe to the West - he answered neither. There is the simple concept of national interests, which may or may not be at odds with other countries. Diplomacy is the art of being able to reconcile your national interests, alongside those of other States, compromising on certain aspects along the way. However, the Atlanticist world view (EU/US/NATO) has shown not to allow for mutual respect, nor for cooperation. Through a number of covert means, they ask for nothing less than for Russia to no longer ascertain its national interests...

Jul 25 04:16

Italian trade unions pledge diplomatic support to Lugansk

The union is a member of the World Federation of Trade Unions and has more than 480,000 members from different industries... Italian colleagues expressed the desire to learn more about the truth of what is happening in the LPR, Donbass, and break the information blockade created by the EU. Upon learning of LPR labor collectives’ collection of signatures for an appeal to the UN Security Council with the demand that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko be compelled to fulfill the Minsk Agreements, Italian national trade union secretary Paolo Leonardi offered to support this initiative and prepare an appeal to the UN Secretary General on behalf of the trade union and send a letter to the LPR Federation of Trade Unions. Italian colleagues were also informed about the forthcoming preliminary vote in the LPR and the head of the republic’s call for international observers to participate.

Jul 25 03:28

Militia source reports two civilians injured in Ukrainian forces’ shelling attack on DPR

Two civilians have been injured in a shelling attack launched by the Ukrainian armed forces on the Kominternovo settlement in the Novoazovsk district in the south of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the republic’s security source told the Donetsk News Agency on Monday. "A man, 30, and a woman, 70, were injured overnight in a shelling attack launched by the Ukrainian military," the source said, adding that a residential building was damaged in the shelling. According to earlier reports, the Ukrainian forces fired on Sunday evening almost 70 artillery shells and 295 mortar shells on the republic’s territories located along the contact line.

Jul 25 03:05

WADA disappointed by IOC’s decision to allow Russian national team to compete at Olympics

International Gymnastics Federation supports IOC’s decision on Russian athletes http://tass.ru/en/sport/890390
EOC supports IOC decision on Russian athletes: The European Olympic Committees (EOC) said on Sunday it supports decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Russia’s participation in the Rio 2016 Olympics. http://tass.ru/en/sport/890320
Japanese Olympics chief praises IOC’s decision to allow Russians to compete at Olympics http://tass.ru/en/sport/890359

Jul 24 17:04

RUSSIANS TO 3D PRINT DRONE ENGINE

Jul 24 15:55

Eric Trump’s full speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention

“To whom much is given, much will be required.

“This is the very belief that made my father make this great sacrifice.
“To run for the most powerful yet unforgiving office in the world.

“There is no greater calling….

“Vote for the candidate who can’t be bought, sold, purchased, coerced, intimidated or steered from the path that is right, and just and true….

“To the veteran tuning into this speech from his or her hospital, whose been ignored and disrespected by an ungrateful system, my father is running for you….

“Vote for the one candidate who does not need this job.”

— Eric Trump, son of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, spoke Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Jul 24 15:47

Democratic convention draws thousands of protesters to Philadelphia

Thousands of demonstrators took to the sweltering streets of Philadelphia on Sunday, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic national convention.

The group of about a dozen marchers walked on sidewalks from near the convention site up toward the Liberty Bell. One played This Land is Your Land on bagpipes as the group weaved around people eating brunch at sidewalk cafes and others walking dogs.

Jul 24 15:39

Jill Stein Just BLASTED the DNC Over Leaked Emails

“This latest revelation from WikiLeaks underscores how much the media is in bed with the DNC to circle the wagons around Hillary,” Stein told US Uncut in a phone interview. “The corruption and underhanded tactics and deception and conspiratorial efforts to silence Bernie and delegitimize him — I mean, welcome to the Green Party. This is what we’ve been up against forever.”

“The leaked DNC emails are the smoking gun that the Democratic establishment was rigging the game against Bernie the whole time,” Stein said in a press release issued by her campaign. “Instead of running the process impartially and letting the voters decide, top Democratic officials were doing all they could to ensure a Clinton victory, including collusion with journalists to present a pro-Clinton, anti-Sanders narrative.”

Jul 24 15:31

CHARMING! Mike Pence – Paul Ryan intro – Republican National Convention

Mike Pence rallies crowd behind Trump, takes on Hillary Clinton:

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of status quo, looking for another title ?

“HILLARY CLINTON WILL NEVER BECOME PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” – MIKE PENCE

Jul 24 14:10

Clinton Asserts Putin Influence On Trump - After Taking Russian Bribes

Is Putin manipulating the Clinton campaign? As already documented: Russia is weaponizing everything. Word files, federalism, finance and Jedi mind tricks - everything is transformed into a weapon if Russia or its president Putin is imagined to come near it.

Jul 24 08:42

BEX ALERT - NATO ON EDGE: Top military chief warns Putin is ready to start World War Three ‘OVERNIGHT’

VLADIMIR Putin could spark World War Three at any time by deciding to invade Poland in a matter of HOURS, a top NATO figure has warned tonight.

Jul 24 08:23

Will NYT Retract Latest Anti-Russian 'Fraud'?

Last Saturday, on the eve of the second anniversary of the tragedy that claimed 298 lives, the Times touted the amateur analysis asserting that the Russian government had manipulated two satellite photos that revealed Ukrainian anti-aircraft missiles in eastern Ukraine at the time of the shoot-down.

The clear implication of the article by Andrew E. Kramer was that the Russians were covering up their complicity in shooting down the civilian airliner by allegedly doctoring photos to shift the blame to the Ukrainian military. Beyond citing this analysis by armscontrolwonk.com, Kramer noted that the “citizen journalists” at Bellingcat had reached the same conclusion earlier.

But Kramer and the Times left out that the earlier Bellingcat analysis was thoroughly torn apart by photo-forensic experts including Dr. Neal Krawetz, founder of the FotoForensics digital image analytical tool that Bellingcat had used.

Jul 24 07:39

IOC rules Russia will not be banned from Rio 2016 Olympics

Facing calls for a blanket ban on all Russian athletes for the games, the International Olympic Committee ruled that the decision on whether or not Russian athletes can compete at the Rio Games should be made by international federations in individual sports.

Jul 24 07:20

Russian Team Not Banned from Rio Olympics - IOC

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made a decision Sunday to leave it to the respective International Federations to decide on whether individual Russian athletes will be participating in the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

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No offence, but this is just sports. Why aren't we as vigilant about drug use in our POLITICIANS?

Jul 23 14:27

Donald Trump and the Revolt of the Proles

The Trump phenom is about economic insecurity. This isn’t about ideology, or racism, it’s about reality;

Western elites were shocked by Brexit, shocked that all their fear mongering and finger-wagging amounted to nothing. The same is true in the US, where the media’s daily attacks on Trump have failed to erode his base of support at all, in fact, they may have added to it.

That’s the reality that made Trump possible, and that’s what this election is about, economic insecurity.

Jul 23 14:22

Donald Trump Jr. Receives Standing Ovation For His Speech At RNC

Make America Work Again. “We are going to put America First.”

“Let me tell you something about “Risk.” If Hillary Clinton were elected, she’ll be the first President who could not pass a basic background check.
Hillary Clinton is a “Risk” Americans cannot afford to take.”

Jul 23 10:10

World War III in The Pipeline? US and European Allies Threaten Russia, Americans Need to Wake Up

The Western pubic doesn’t know it, but Washington and its European vassals are convincing Russia that they are preparing to attack. Eric Zuesse reports on a German newspaper leak of a Bundeswehr decision to declare Russia to be an enemy nation of Germany.

This is the interpretation that some Russian politicians themselves have put on the NATO military bases that Washington is establishing on Russia’s borders.

Washington might intend the military buildup as pressure on President Putin to reduce Russian opposition to Washington’s unilateralism. However, it reminds some outspoken Russians such as Vladimir Zhirinovsky of Hitler’s troops on Russia’s border in 1941.

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In doing a fact-check of this article, the language to be used here, when this is published, is: Concerning Moscow, Berlin is "faced with a challenge."

As reported in June of this year at rbth.com:

The traditionally solid relations between Russia and Germany took a turn in an uncertain new direction last week following a report in German newspaper Die Welt on June 4 that German ministries are preparing a new “white book” – the document in which the country's official security doctrine is outlined. The document states that Russia is no longer "a priority partner," as is written in the 2006 edition, but now is Germany's rival. The change in approach is due to Moscow's "violent securing of its interests" in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, its "violation of international law" and the "unilateral change of borders." "Without a fundamental change in course, in the foreseeable future Russia will be a security challenge for our continent," the document stresses. But how serious is this change in Germany's relation to Russia? ‘Regret and concern’ The Kremlin was quick to respond to the information found in the White Book, stating that the apparent change in Germany’s stance toward Russia engenders "regret and concern." "Such a position can surely lead to some kind of confrontational actions, which will not help promote mutual trust and cooperation," said Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov. Kremlin worried by reports Germany no longer sees it as partner Kremlin worried by reports Germany no longer sees it as partner Since Russia places a high value on maintaining good relations with Germany, relations that some experts believe have been "essential" since the end of the 1960s, the judgments expressed in the “white book” could not have failed to upset the Kremlin. However, Germany itself has called on Russia not to rush to conclusions. German Ambassador to Russia Rüdiger von Fritsch emphasized that the White Book still has not been published. "Let's not pay attention to propaganda," said the ambassador, not explaining, however, whose propaganda he was talking about. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was more precise. In her words: The new doctrine will not contain the words "rival" or "enemy." Concerning Moscow, Berlin is "faced with a challenge."

Jul 23 09:28

We May Be at a Greater Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe Than During the Cold War

While the NATO meetings in Warsaw agreed to continue economic sanctions aimed at Russia for another six months and to station four battalions of troops in Poland and the Baltic states – along with separate US forces in Bulgaria and Poland – there was an undercurrent of dissent. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for de-escalating the tensions with Russia and for considering Russian President Vladimir Putin a partner rather than an enemy.

Greece was not alone. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called NATO maneuvers on the Russian border “warmongering” and “saber rattling.” French President Francois Hollande said Putin should be considered a “partner,” not a “threat,” and France tried to reduce the number of troops being deployed in the Baltic and Poland. Italy has been increasingly critical of the sanctions as well.

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I am strongly of the opinion that if internal White House and DNC polls indicate that Trump will absolutely win this election by a landslide, such a war will be generated before the election, and the US economy will be deliberately brought down as "pre-election gifts" to soon-to-be President Trump.

Jul 23 05:49

Armageddon Approaches : Paul Craig Roberts on US-NATO vs. Russia.

Americans need to wake up to the dangerous situation that Washington has created, but I doubt they will. Most wars happen without the public’s knowledge until they happen. The main function of the American left-wing is to serve as a bogyman with which to scare conservatives about the country’s loss of morals, and the main function of conservatives is to create fear and hysteria about immigrants, Muslims, and Russians. There is no sign that Congress is aware of approaching Armageddon, and the media consists of propaganda.

Jul 22 15:40

Collective Punishment Against The Russian People

To the professor’s question concerning what a teacher should do to bring control to a classroom, a would-be teacher proffered: tell the students that if anyone disturbs the class, then the entire class will have a detention.

“That’s collective punishment,” I responded, to which I added with a tongue-in-cheek, hyperbolic flourish, “and it’s a war crime under the Geneva Conventions.”

Jul 22 14:02

Number of Russian troops in Syria may increase — Kremlin

A source in the Russian Foreign Ministry earlier told TASS that consultations on Syria between Russia, the US and the UN are due to be held in Geneva on July 26-27. According to Peskov, the prospects for increasing the number of troops of the Russian contingent in Syria remains. "When the decision was made to cut the number of personnel of our aviation contingent in Syria, you remember the statement of both the president (of Russia) and the military, who said that the temporary infrastructure there (in Syria) remained and therefore the contingent could be increased very quickly, if necessary. This will be done in accordance with the relevant tasks". Peskov readdressed all the follow-up questions on this matter to representatives of the Russian Ministry of Defense. He said, however, that "such prospects (for increasing the number of troops) were declared by the president rather long ago. Peskov declined comment on Western media reports about alleged Russian strikes on US base in Syria.

Jul 22 10:50

Military Balance in the Black Sea Region

three groups of countries can be identified with regard to their military capabilities. The first group consists in regional hegemon with extra-Black Sea security agenda and is formed by Russia and Turkey. Both Ankara and Moscow consider the Black Sea as their backyard, and have established a security condominium over the region. Russia and Turkey are cautious not to challenge openly each other's interests, which provides them with a greater ability to deal with their interests on other stages, like in the Middle East (Turkey, Russia) or in Central Asia and the Far East (Russia). The two stakeholders are the only Black Sea countries to implement a military program of modernization, and both of them have planned to expand their sea and air-defense capabilities. The second group consists in Greece, Romania and Ukraine. Although they have different military forces, all the three have a serious unexploited potential to be greater stakeholders on the Black Sea stage.

Jul 22 09:44

Turkey & US “Pivot” Plan in Serious Trouble

A failed coup in Turkey has changed the geopolitical landscape overnight realigning Ankara with Moscow while shattering Washington’s plan to redraw the map of the Middle East. Whether Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan staged the coup or not is of little importance in the bigger scheme of things.

Jul 22 09:27

Dan Simpson: We never seem to learn

The misshapen priorities of President Barack Obama’s administration may have reached a climax this past weekend as he scurried around the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, reassuring the Estonians and other Eastern Europeans of America’s guarantee of their security, while old wounds in his own country opened wide in a growing conflict between our police and our people.

The president flew home from Europe a day early, skipping sightseeing in Seville, so he could visit Dallas, one terrible scene of the action. Gosh.

The annual NATO budget is $1 trillion. It is 17 times as large as Russia’s military budget. A lot of good could be done at home with the American lion’s share of that NATO budget, in terms of police training, urban education and improvement in the quality of housing and health care among America’s poor.

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It is NOT Vladimir Putin into who needs some "sense talked into him"; it is rather this bellicose, war-centric administration which desperately needs to have some logic surgically implanted into their collective brains.

These troops and weapons which the US and NATO have pre-positioned in Europe, and specifically to Eastern Europe, are the harbingers of a war the White House wants to see happen, to prevent the rise of the Russian economy and the ruble, post-sanctions.

They also want the war to happen to misdirect Americans' anger at the way in which the economy at home has been mismanaged to the point where the American middle class has gone nearly extinct.

And if internal Clinton and White House polls show Trump handily defeating Clinton in November, there will be a tremendous haste to bring such a war about, to hand Trump a full-going hot war and a destroyed American economy even before he takes the Oath of Office.

Such a war would be an horrific mistake, and insanity writ large, on the part of this government; the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Jul 22 08:30

Donetsk Blog, July 22: Donetsk Shelled by Day - Republics to Resist Police Mission - Kiev Close to Martial Law

The Donetsk International News Agency is a private, non-profit information agency located in the center of the city of Donetsk. It is headed by Finnish journalist, Janus Putkonen and has 10 full time journalists on staff. Approximately half of them are natives of Western European countries. Its website is: www.dninews.com

Jul 22 08:26

BEX ALERT - Poland must target Kaliningrad, Moscow Metro & RT to deter Russian invasion – think tank

Russia is unpredictable and may attack the Baltic states and Poland at any moment, so Warsaw should strengthen its military and be prepared to hit the city of Kaliningrad with missiles and shut down RT, a think tank with close ties to NATO has said.

Called ‘Arming for Deterrence’, the 25-page document released by the US-based Atlantic Council says what NATO in general and Poland in particular should do to “counter a resurgent Russia.” The threat of such an attack is imminent, the report states.

Jul 22 08:12

"I cannot imagine an Olympics without Russia" - chief of Italian Olympic Committee

It is increasingly clear that political reasons are hiding behind the sporting reasons. On July 18 WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency), under the guidance of Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren lawyer, accused Russia of large-scale violations of anti-doping rules. McLaren accused not only the sports and medical officials, but also the secret service (FSB) and the Minister of the Russian Sport Vitaly Mutko. However, at his press conference, McLaren did not bring evidence and facts, claiming that the Commission had not had time to gather sufficient evidence. Russian sports lawyers have noted that no one in Russia had been interviewed during the preparation of the McLaren report, and therefore considered the report of McLaren biased and not objective. According to Moscow, it is an issue of active US involvement in the persecution of the Russian Olympic team. Mutko said the USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency) puts pressure on the IOC (International Olympic Committee).

Jul 22 07:57

US wants to punish Russia for its power and sovereignty

The US Senators unanimously condemned Russia for recent 'military provocations' against the American troops. Draft resolution, which calls on the Russian authorities to stop its 'dangerous and unprofessional' acts against the US, was introduced by a Republican David Perdue. The report comprises incidents, when the Russian Air Force allegedly violated international aviation norms regarding the US. The US believes Russian Su-27 followed the American aircraft in the Black Sea 'in unsafe and unprofessional manner' in January 2016.

Jul 22 07:46

Poroshenko regrets Polish Sejm recognition of OUN-UPA crimes as genocide

The Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) is an ultra-right political organization that was active mainly in Western Ukraine. To achieve its goal of creating an independent Ukraine, OUN resorted to the use of extremist methods, including terror acts. During World War II, OUN in cooperation with the German intelligence agencies began the struggle against the Soviet power. In 1943, it organized the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA, banned in Russia). In February 1943, the Ukrainian nationalists launched a campaign to exterminate the Polish population of Volyn. These events culminated in the OUN - UPA forces’ attack on some 100 Polish settlements on July 11, 1943. The ultranationalists massacred about 100,000 people, mainly women, children and the elderly. The killings’ main purpose was to purge all non-Ukrainians from a future Ukrainian state.

Jul 22 07:41

Gazprom Neft boosts oil production on Iraqi Badra field to 67,000 bpd

Gazprom Neft put into service the tenth well on Badra Field in Iraq and increased the daily oil production rate on the field to 67,000 barrels, the Russian oil major said on Friday. Three wells with the total production rate of 24,000 barrels per day were commissioned on Badra Field in 2016. Drilling of four other wells continues and their construction is expected to end early in 2017. The company continues developing oil and gas infrastructure on the field, Gazprom Neft said. Construction and installation work on the first associated gas treatment train of the gas plant are already 60% completed, the company says. Total accumulated production on Badra Field reached 2.9 mln tonnes of oil from development start and 1.2 mln tonnes of oil from the year beginning as of the second week of July. The Badra field is located in the Wasit province in East Iraq. Badra’s geological reserves are estimated at 3 bln barrels of oil.

Jul 22 07:38

Lavrov says Russia-Turkey relations depend on cooperation on Syria

The development of relations between Russia and Turkey will depend on their cooperation on Syria and on whether Turkey will take steps against those who use this country’s territory to finance terrorists in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday. "We presented a lot of evidence that indicates that Turkey’s territory is widely used to finance terrorists and redeploy gunmen to Syria," the minister told the Territory of Meanings on the Klyazma national educational youth forum. "Now that we have resumed our relations, it will be difficult to ignore the fact that our Turkish partners will have to answer these questions now, and not only answer, but also take steps, as they used their territory to support this fratricidal war".

Jul 22 07:36

OSCE can visit part of Russian border not controlled by Kiev — Russia's envoy

The text of Lukashevich’s speech at the session of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna was published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website on Friday: "Observers regularly visit the part of the border not controlled by Kiev. SMM (Special Monitoring Mission) has visited border checkpoints Marinovka, Ulyanovskoye, Dolzhansky, Chervonopartizansk, Izvarino, Novoborovitsy and Uspenka this week. It did not find any military movements, but instead registered flows of peaceful Ukrainian civilians who entered the territory of the Russian Federation to buy food". "This once again confirms the difficult situation for Donbass residents who were brought to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe by Kiev," Lukashevich noted. "As for restricting the freedom of movement for observers, this happens on both sides of the contact line. On the territory controlled by Kiev, observers are restricted even by Ukrainian representatives of JCCC (Joint Center for Control and Coordination).

Jul 22 07:33

Boundaries of Russia’s Arctic zone can only be expanded — Lavrov

Lavrov answered a question from the audience whether Russia, the United States and Canada intend to give their part of the Arctic to China. "If the United States and Canada want to give part of their Arctic zone to someone - well, they are adults," he said, laughing. "But our Arctic zone - it’s our Arctic zone, and now its boundary is being adjusted as regards its expansion." According to Lavrov, Russia has submitted a final bid for the expansion of the limits of its continental shelf in the Arctic. "It has already been submitted to the UN Commission and will be considered in the next six months or a year. China is an observer in the Arctic Council, it is interested in interacting with it and taking part in practical projects implemented by the Arctic Council countries". In August 2015, Russia filed a new bid for the expansion of the limits of its Arctic continental shelf through the inclusion into it of the Lomonosov submerged ridge and some other sections of the Arctic Ocean floor.

Jul 22 07:02

Russian warplanes reportedly bombed US base in Syria

Russian warplanes reportedly bombed a secret military base in Syria used by elite American and British forces last month. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Russian strike on the CIA-linked site was part of a campaign by Russia to pressure the White House to agree to closer cooperation in the Syrian skies, U.S. military and intelligence officials said.

Jul 22 06:48

German firms want an over €2bn stake in Russian high-speed railway

A consortium of major German companies has offered an over €2 billion investment in the Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway, Kommersant daily reported citing its sources.

Jul 22 06:41

Geopolitical Consequences of the Coup – Turkey's 'U-Turn Towards Russia'

One of the geopolitical consequences of the failed coup is that Turkey will ultimately turn its back on the EU and NATO and focus on the East, and Russia in particular; it will also adopt the Asian model of development, with a strong central presidency and a dominant single-party government, according to financial analysts.

Jul 22 06:20

Erdogan Suspects US Sympathy for Coup

Reports that Russian President Putin may have tipped off Turkish President Erdogan about last week’s coup attempt – while the U.S. apparently stayed silent – suggest a possible reordering of regional relationships, says John Chuckman.

Jul 21 18:05

Putin, Erdogan and the Plot Against the Rest of Us

Putin and Erdogan have agreed to meet in early August. The tension between Russia and Turkey has gradually dissipated since Putin and Erdogan’s June telephone call. This week Turkish and Russian officials stated that the two administrations have reached a new consensus. The effect of this understanding is that Erdogan is changing its policies toward Syria, Assad and NATO intervention. Turkey may no longer be part of the Syrian crisis, it may as well become elementary to the peace process. Evidence of this shift occurred over a week ago when Turkey began to reinstate its relationship with the Syrian regime.

Jul 21 14:31

Failed Coup in Turkey realigns Ankara with Moscow — and saves Assad

A failed coup in Turkey has changed the geopolitical landscape overnight, realigning Ankara with Moscow while shattering Washington’s plan to redraw the map of the Middle East. Whether Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan staged the coup or not is of little importance in the bigger scheme of things. The fact is, the incident has consolidated his power domestically while derailing Washington’s plan to control critical resources and pipeline corridors from Qatar to Europe.

The Obama administration’s disregard for the national security interests of its allies has pushed the Turkish president into Moscow’s camp, removing the crucial land-bridge between Europe and Asia that Washington needs to maintain its global hegemony into the new century. Washington’s plan to pivot to Asia, surround and break up Russia, control China’s growth and maintain its iron grip on global power is now in a shambles. The events of the last few days have changed everything.

Jul 21 12:30

CCTV cameras record how bomb was planted under journalist's car in Kiev

The moment when a bomb was planted under the car of Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet was recorded in the outdoor CCTV cameras, the Ukrainian publication Mirror Weekly said on Thursday citing own sources...
The last article of Ukrainian journalist blown up today: Failed Turkish coup stirs coup fears in Ukraine http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/07/the-last-article-of-ukrainian.html

Jul 21 09:28

Moscow to consider Germany's change of policy in viewing Russia as factor of instability

Moscow will consider Berlin’s new attitude in the so-called 2016 White Paper on German Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr that has re-classified Russia from a partner into a factor of instability, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. "Moscow was disappointed after getting familiarized with a new edition of the White Paper," Zakharova said. "Remarks mentioned in the doctrine on the need to cooperate with Russia in the sphere of common interests do not cancel the fact that by approving the White Paper, Berlin is cementing a confrontational component of its entire policy in regard to Russia in the long term. Evidently, Russia is being reclassified from the partner in the context of resolving current global crises into a factor of instability." "Assessing and analyzing this document, we leave it on the authors’ conscience. It has nothing in common with true values and goals of the Russian foreign and security policies.

Jul 21 08:59

Electrostation to be installed between 2 Russian cities for 1 Tesla owner. Electricity is the future

Russian energy companies will install a charging station for electric cars in the middle of nowhere – between Perm and Yekaterinburg, two cities in the Urals. It was a Tesla owner in Perm who made the request – his electric car runs out of power 20 miles from Yekaterinburg. Press secretary of the Urals Interregional Distribution Network Company (MRSKU) Natalya Baldova told the Yekaterinburg TV channel ETV that the energy companies will install an electric charging station on the Achita-Moscow tract, the road from Perm to Yekaterinburg. The station will be installed for Shavrin alone. The gift will cost MRSKU about 300,000 rubles ($4,694) and will be built by Fora, a Russian company that produces charging stations. "The development of these charging stations was planned but no one had ever requested them," Shavrin told the city website Properm.ru.

Jul 21 08:48

CAS rejects Russia’s appeal against athletes’ ban from Rio Olympics. The Olympics as a Tool of the New Cold War

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on July 21 rejected the Russian Olympic Committee’s appeal against the ban on participation by Russian athletes in track and field competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. "CAS rejects the claims/appeal of the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes," CAS said in a statement.
One important fact that escaped most international observers was that a media campaign, which had begun shortly after the 2014 deep freeze in Russian-Western relations, was constructed around the “testimonies” of three Russian citizens who were all interconnected and complicit in a string of doping scandals, and who later left Russia and are trying to make new lives in the West. http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/07/the-olympics-as-tool-of-new-cold-war....

Jul 21 08:27

The last article of Ukrainian journalist blown up today: Failed Turkish coup stirs coup fears in Ukraine

Three days after this article Pavel Sheremet was blown up in his car in Kiev...

Jul 21 08:23

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 21, 2016: RUSSIAN AIR POWER PURGES JIHADISTS IN NORTHERN LATAKIA

On July 21, Russian warplanes and helicopter gunships intensified in northern Latakia, responding to the recent militant gains in the area. The joint force of Al Nusra, Jaysh Al-Fateh, the Free Syrian Army and the Turkmen Islamic Party had seized the strategic town of Kinsibba and the nearby villages of Shalaf, Ballah and Ruwaysat Shakara. Various sources say that the Russian Aerospace Forces already made up to 30 air strikes, targeting militant manpower and military equipment.

A convoy of vehicles armed with machine guns was destroyed by Syria’s aircraft near the city of Salamiyah in the province of Hama on July 20. Over 100 ISIS militants were killed. ISIS positions in Raqqah and Deir ez-Zor provinces were also targeted by the Syrian Air Force.

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Russia and Syria are taking advantage of the lock-down of the US air assets in Turkey.

Jul 21 08:09

Ukraine Is Carrying Out Info War Against European Nations

Far from being an ally, Ukraine is actively trying to sabotage European interests... According to the document, targets of the information and psychological warfare being conducted by the Ukrainian military in Europe include «the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Poland, Romania, Hungary, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Kingdom of the Netherlands». A senior official in the Ukrainian Defence Ministry writes: «In view of the complex international situation, the influence of enemy propaganda on public opinion in Ukraine and abroad, and the anti-Ukrainian rhetoric being expressed by some EU politicians and members of the European media, we consider it appropriate to intensify propaganda work aimed at Europe».

Jul 21 07:50

Czech Olympic Committee head against barring Russian team from 2016 Games

President of the Czech Olympic Committee Jiri Kejval is against barring of the Russian national team from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He made this statement in an interview published by the Prague-based Lidove noviny newspaper. "The punishment for all the athletes, even in the form applied only to track and fielders, is totally unacceptable and unjust", Kejvan said. In his opinion, the Russian athletes are victims of the scandal, the responsibility for which rests with WADA. WADA’s work raises many questions among experts, Kejvan said. "The question is how the samples (taken from Russian athletes) were controlled and how the anti-doping testing system works in general", said the Czech Olympic Committee president...
Foreign ministry says campaign against Russian athletes strikes blow on Olympic movement http://tass.ru/en/politics/889856

Jul 21 07:43

Russian sports authorities to appeal to IAAF ethics committee. WADA commission’s report provides non-professional data

"We recognize and respect the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This is a judicial body but the IAAF’s behavior and persistence cause indignation," Mutko said. "Corruption has been exposed in it and criminal proceedings are under way against its former president [Lamine Diack] and he is under home arrest in France. We have also read about how Sebastian Coe [the IAAF head] got the seat of the organization’s president. Our athletes and we intend to apply to the ethics committee [of the IAAF]," the Russian sports minister said. The minister said information provided in the recent report is non-professional and does not contain trustworthy data. "The Russian team is currently in the focus of the world’s attention. It is not up to me to evaluate all these ‘[doping] cocktails.’ But it is not true when somebody alleges that an athlete can consume such ‘cocktail’ and go winning a medal after two weeks. Such information targets amateurs.

Jul 21 07:35

Hours Before Military Coup Attempt, Erdogan Warned by Russian Alert

Several Arab media outlets quoted diplomatic sources in Ankara as saying that Turkey's National Intelligence Organization, known locally as the MIT, received intel from its Russian counterpart that warned of an impending coup in the Muslim state.

The unnamed diplomats said the Russian army in the region had intercepted highly sensitive army exchanges and encoded radio messages showing that the Turkish army was readying to stage a coup against the administration in Ankara.

The exchanges included dispatch of several army choppers to President Erdogan's resort hotel to arrest or kill the president.

Jul 21 07:32

Kremlin has no data that Russia reportedly warned Turkey of imminent military coup

"I don’t have such information and I don’t know the sources, to which the news agency Fars is referring," Peskov told journalists, commenting on media reports. Iranian Fars News Agency (FNA) reported on Wednesday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had received a warning from Russia about an imminent military coup just hours before it was initiated. The news agency referred to several Arab media outlets quoting diplomats from Ankara who said that Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization "received intel from its Russian counterpart that warned of an impending coup". The warning was based on the data that the Russian military in the region had received intercepting "highly sensitive army exchanges and encoded radio messages showing that the Turkish army was readying to stage a coup," Fars said.

Jul 21 07:24

Donald Duck cleared of extremism charges by court in Russian Far East

The highest court in the Russian Far Eastern region of Kamchatka has ordered the cancelation of an earlier ruling recognizing a 1942 Disney cartoon depicting Donald Duck’s adventures in Nazi Germany as ‘extremist material’.

The ruling in question was passed by the city court of Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky in 2010. Back then the judge gave a six-month suspended sentence to a local resident for distributing extremist materials over the internet. The propaganda included the Oscar-winning animation ‘Der Fuehrer's Face’ that the accused called ‘Donald Duck and Fascism’ in Russian and because of this the film has been included in the Russian federal list of banned extremist materials.

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Donald Duck?!?

The animation in question was actually an ANTI-Nazi propaganda piece.

Jul 21 07:21

Moscow urges Turkey to stop making "black lists" of Russian journalists

July 18, the reporters of Russia’s TV channel REN-TV were not allowed to cross the Turkish border because their names were on "the black list," which implies a ban on their entry to Turkey for five years. "We commented on the stop-list issue, we raised it during the talks with Turkish colleagues," Zakharova said.
"Unfortunately, the Russian embassy’s nota remained unanswered. We are waiting for clarifications from Turkey about the existence of the black list. Considering the emerging positive trends in relations with Turkey the practice of black lists should be over," she said.

Jul 21 07:19

Moscow calls to look into reports on dozens of civilian deaths in Syrian Manbij

"Especially concerning are reports that dozens of people, including children, were killed and injured in (US-led) coalition’s airstrikes at the town of Manbij," Zakharova said adding that "this is horrible news." "These reports should be investigated, and their findings should be made public. If these horrible facts are confirmed, relevant conclusions should be made and necessary measures should be taken to prevent it from happening in the future," she added. The Syrian Foreign Ministry called on the international community on Wednesday to condemn "the bloodbath in the village of Tuhar in the north of Manbij were at least 120 local residents were killed, most of them children, women and elders." The foreign ministry added that airstrikes at Tuhar were delivered on July 19 by French Air Force aircraft which is part of the US-led anti-terrorist coalition.

Jul 21 07:17

US did not officially notify Russia of arrest of its citizen in Thailand. Russia files note of protest to Thai Foreign Ministry over arrest of Russian citizen

"The American authorities have not officially notified us of their claims." The diplomat said that "it’s another egregious example of extraterritorial application of American law. The American authorities continue this absolutely unacceptable practice". http://tass.ru/en/politics/889753

Jul 21 07:17

Erdogan Claims Enemies Responsible For Shoot Down Of Russian Jet, Justifies Mass Arrests

By Brandon Turbeville

In the aftermath of the failed Turkish coup which President Erdogan has blamed on the United States via the Gulen Movement, the Erdogan faction has reacted by arresting members of the government and military belonging to the nationalist faction and those who hold nationalist sentiment, including groups of political dissidents and Erdogan opponents...

Jul 20 14:31

Erdogan Alerted of Incoming Coup by Russia

Arab media outlets are quoting diplomats in Ankara as disclosing that Turkey's President Erdogan was warned of an imminent army coup by Russia hours before it was initiated on Friday, while a western media outlet said Erdogan asked his supporters to remain in the streets after receiving advice from Tehran.

Jul 20 12:08

Huge New Delivery Of Oil Equipment Sails Right By The Kremlin In Moscow

Residents of the Russian capital have witnessed a pretty amazing sight after a huge new delivery of oil equipment sailed right by the walls of the Kremlin.

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